This summer, diners at Wild Goose (and those of us who like to taste wines at their wonderful bar) will be able to enjoy a variety of Zinfandel from several Sierra Foothill wineries: Cedarville, Di Airie, and Perry Creek.
Pat selected Cedarville's 2006 Zinfandel "which received a 91 point rating from Wine Spectator," notes Jonathan Lachs, owner/winemaker. This Zinfandel is a blend of 88% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 3% Grenache, and only 754 cases were produced using grapes from Cedarville's Estate Vineyard, on a south facing slope near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation. "The harvest from our 2006 Zinfandel vines was quite small, yielding grapes with deep, concentrated flavor. Unlike the 2005 vintage, there was no need to perform a strict selection of our Zinfandel lots to assemble this wine. All the separate vineyard blocks were delicious! We enhanced the complexity of the wine by blending in a touch of Petite Sirah and Syrah, and for the first time, a little bit of Grenache. Aromas of dark fruits, blackberries, wood smoke, and root spices lead into flavors of chocolate, ripe raspberry, subtle mineral notes, and mint, with remarkable structure, and a very long, lingering finish. Serious stuff," notes the winemaker.
From DiAirie winery, Pat chose the 2006 Zinfandel, Southern Exposure. Chaim di Airie, in his winemaker's notes for this wine, states: "The “Southern Exposure” designation for our wines denotes that we feel the wine has very special qualities. We feel the 2006 Zinfandel sourced from the very best
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